Ratchanok and Busanan progress in Bali

Ratchanok and Busanan progress in Bali

Ratchanok Intanon and Busanan Ongbamrungphan moved into the women's singles last 16 of the US$850,000 BWF Indonesia Open in Bali on Wednesday.

Second seed Ratchanok defeated Kim Ga-Eun of South Korea 21-19, 21-12 and will play Pai Yu-po of Taiwan for a place in the women's singles quarter-finals at the World Tour Super 1000 event.

Seventh seed Busanan, who defeated Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 21-10, 21-13, will take on Asuka Takahashi of Japan.

Former world champion Ratchanok is hoping for a good run in Bali this week after her premature exit at the hands of fellow Thai Phittayaporn Chaiwan in the last 16 round at last week's Indonesia Masters.

Men's singles hope Kunlavut Vitidsarn, however, exited the tournament.

The 20-year-old rising star lost to Anders Antonsen for the second time in as many weeks.

Antonsen, who also beat Kunlavut in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Masters last week, advanced with a 21-15, 17-21, 21-17 victory.

The Danish third seed will meet Taiwan's Wang Tzu-wei in the last 16 today.

Wang knocked out home player Tommy Sugiarto 21-17, 21-17.

In other men's singles clashes, sixth seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia defeated Daren Liew of Malaysia 21-14, 21-15 while Srikanth Kidambi was also through after beating fellow Indian HS Prannoy 21-15, 19-21, 21-12.

Christie next faces compatriot Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo and Kidambi plays either second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark or Koki Watanabe of Japan.

There was an upset in the women's singles event when Korean Sim Yu-Jin ousted sixth seed Michelle Li of Canada 21-11, 21-9.

The Indonesia Open is the second of three back-to-back tournaments, culminating in the season-ending World Tour Finals, that are taking place in Bali without fans because of the pandemic.

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